Trippi: Net Politics Is Here To Stay

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Trippi: Net Politics Is Here To Stay

  1. 1. Trippi: Net Politics Here to Stay by Noah Shachtman Wired 2004, February 10
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Forgive the hundreds of thousands of people who gave Howard Dean more than $40 million in contributions last year. They might have thought they were trying to elect a president, but they were wrong, according to Dean's former campaign manager, Joe Trippi. Instead, he said, all that money was used to beta test a new, online revolution in American politics.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>&quot;This wasn't about one guy,&quot; [Trippi] said. &quot;This is the beginning of the tools, and a platform, to take the country back.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trippi’s reasons for why Dean went down: <ul><li>Rival campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional news media that picked apart his campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Media’s disapproval of Internet fueled campaign activism </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>&quot;Why do they want this movement to fail?&quot; [Trippi] asked. &quot;What's so scary about millions of people becoming involved in democracy?&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. Trippi’s analysis <ul><li>Dean campaign wasn’t the train wreck the media played it out to be </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the internet to mobilize and encourage supporters opened the door for future Internet-focused campaigns </li></ul>
  7. 7. Success from the Internet <ul><li>The most money ever raised by a Democratic presidential candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of thousands of supporters </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing willingness on the part of Democrats to speak out against the Bush administration </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thanks, Al <ul><li>Al Gore voices support for Dean </li></ul><ul><li>The media &quot;who, frankly, could never figure out what the Dean campaign was&quot; saw him as a threat </li></ul><ul><li>Teamed with Dean’s competitors to ruin any chance of nomination </li></ul>
  9. 9. Seiger’s opinion: <ul><li>Jonah Seiger with George Washington University's Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Says Dean brought down his own campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Controversies wouldn’t let him seal the deal in Iowa </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Accounts of missteps on Dean’s part traveled quickly, especially to the Internet community </li></ul><ul><li>When Dean lost the Internet-goers, he lost the core of his supporters </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ In the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses, a series of surveys showed, Sen. John Kerry actually beat Howard Dean among those who used the Internet to find out about the presidential candidates.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>&quot;The cat is out of the bag,&quot; said Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup.com. &quot;People have it in their brain that they can organize themselves.&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Discussion Questions <ul><li>What do you remember most of the Howard Dean campaign in 2004? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you pay more attention to the Internet or to traditional media during the 2004 election? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think that the media is combating popular Internet coverage of campaigns? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Discussion continued: <ul><li>Have you or would you attend a campaign party sponsored by a group like Meetup? </li></ul><ul><li>After exploring candidate’s websites and sponsored sites, which features do you now find beyond the “how to contribute” page? </li></ul><ul><li>Which features do you find to be most helpful or resourceful when researching candidates? </li></ul>

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